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Help spread the word, tell people about my art. Notify people about upcoming shows. Come to shows and help get others excited about the show. It’s a great thing for artists to find someone who cares deeply about the arts, who might introduce them to others, support projects and help open doors.


Not every artist is going to find a patron, so I’m exploring the idea of sponsorship through a point system. I realize not everyone is in the position to purchase an original painting, at least not in one lump sum. This program would work for anyone desiring to own original art, from established collectors to first-time buyers. And it will help me develop some working capital. 

My concept is to make one dollar equal to one point. You can donate any dollar amount and accrue an equal number in points. This program will allow patrons to help sponsor the arts and contribute any amount at any interval comfortable and convenient to your situation. Points can be accumulated and traded toward acquiring your choice of one of my inventoried paintings or put toward a commissioned piece.

Consider this: besides basic living expenses, there are several expenses inherent to this profession that can be a struggle for an artist:

Art supplies: If you’ve never priced art supplies, they’re not cheap. Canvas, tubes of paint, brushes, solvents, varnish, gesso, etc. get very expensive.

Frames: Quality frames are an important element to provide a professional appearance and enhance the artwork. They are probably the most expensive outside expense of our profession. The frame cost is not immediately recovered upon a sale due to gallery commissions and/or replenishing appropriated frames from existing inventory. 

Fees: Gallery commissions are generally 50% of the purchase price. Fees to participate in art shows can run from a small charge per piece entered ($25) up to hundreds of dollars once you add in acceptance, registration and stamp fees. And if the show's not local there are often expensive shipping fees and/or travel costs to factor in. Being accepted into a juried art event builds credentials, establishes credibility, provides the opportunity to receive awards and increases exposure — all the things that increase the value of the artist's work. 

Travel Expenditures: Getting accepted into a juried plein air event is a great honor. Then the realization of expenses temper the excitement of being accepted (gas money for a round trip, accommodations and food). Sleeping in the car and eating peanut butter gets old after your first week. I participate in several plein air events a year. 

Workshops: Are a great way for an artist to improve their skills, get over a speed bump, or gain a new perspective. They help to refresh the spirit and stave off the isolated aspect of being a painter. As much as workshops can benefit the artist, it’s probably one of the first things cut from our wish list.

If you would like to become a advocate, patron or sponsor, or for more information, please contact Martin Lambuth.


I’ve made a living as an artist for over three decades in the field of graphic design and illustration. But making a living as a full-time fine artist is more difficult. You put in a full week of work with no guarantee you will get paid. I’m very thankful to all those that have supported my efforts in pursuit of this new career in art. Besides purchasing a painting or commissioning a painting, here are other ways you can help...



A patron fosters the artistic endeavor by providing direct support of an artist either financially or through endorsements.
A patron's reasons range from sharing the artist’s success and associated distinction, an appreciation of a particular craft,
or the “feel good” factor.

A patron can serve an individual artist in different capacities, helping to encourage an artist’s freedom to express their artistic vision. Types of patronage can range from a one-time commission to long-term support. For example, having your portrait painted or sponsoring an artistic event. Long-term patronage helps create time for the artist to work by assuming day-to-day expenses, from a per diem to a monthly stipend.